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Fota House Reindeer Run 2016


Join us for our annual RNLI Reindeer Run, taking place within the stunning grounds of Fota House Arboretum and Gardens.

This world renowned venue provides a stunning location for both novices and professionals to undertake our self-timed fun-run challenge!

Bring along the whole herd and enjoy some festive fun for all the family. Spaces are available in the 10K and 5K fun runs and there’s a 1K Saunter, perfect for the little ones.

Please read our terms and conditions. You will need to agree to these as part of the sign up process.

Race times

1K Santa Saunter starts at 10.30am

10K race starts at 11am

5K race starts at 12 noon

Check in

You will need to check in on the day. Please aim to arrive around an hour before your race starts and bring a copy of your confirmation email to the race as proof of ID.

Pre-registration is essential, as although there will be registration on the day spaces will be very limitedand we cannot guarantee availability.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Age restrictions/Parental Consent

10K Minimum age 14

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

5K Minimum age 10

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

Saunter (1K) No minimum age, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are under 18 we must have received written confirmation from your parent/guardian confirming that they agree to you taking part in the event in accordance with our Reindeer Run Terms & Conditions.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


The venue is situated on Fota Island which is 10km east of Cork City.

To get to Fota Island take the N25 east from Cork City for about 7km and then exit the N25 heading for Cobh/Carrigtwohill on the R624. Fota Island is approximately 2.5km on the right hand side.


Parking is charged at €3. The machine takes €1, €2 & 50c coins. Please remember to have coins ready for exiting the car park.

To reduce congestion and help the environment please car share where possible.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Race number

Your race number will be given to you on the day. Please also remember your safety pins to attach your race number to the FRONT of your top.

T shirts & Antlers

All participants receive a FREE RNLI Reindeer Run t-shirt and Antlers. You can collect these on the morning of the event at Fota House and Gardens registration. Please make sure you collect them in time to start the race. Registration will be located at the start of walkway up to Fota House and Gardens beside the upper car park.

Race day clothing

The most important clothing you can bring is layers. You need to keep warm before the event starts, have breathable fabric on during the race, and be able to stay snug afterwards when your core temperature drops. Bring a change of warm dry clothes for after the race. However please note there are no changing facilities available at Fota House and Gardens.

If it looks like rain, make sure you also take a waterproof coat to wear before and after the race. Please wear appropriate footwear. As parts of the courses may be uneven, steep or slippery please take care when running.

Festive fancy dress is encouraged so why not get into the festive spirit and dress up to add to the fun of the event!

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries please contact your local Reindeer Run team at [email protected] or by phone on 1 800 99 1802.